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GLAAD Celebrates the CW, Showtime and Modern Family for Treatment of Gay and Lesbian Characters

Modern Family, Eric Stone Street, AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON Peter Hopper Stone/ABC

The advocacy group GLAAD has released its sixth annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI), a study that measures the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on prime time and cable networks, and topping their list is the CW, ABC, ABC Family and Showtime.

"Americans expect to see their off-screen worlds represented onscreen and today more than ever that includes LGBT people and families," GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says in a statement. "Storylines of families like Mitchell and Cameron on Modern Family and young people like Emily on Pretty Little Liars are not only growing acceptance of our community, but have found praise from viewers and critics alike at a time when visibility and acceptance of LGBT people is at an all-time high."

The CW was once again the top broadcast network with 29 percent of its programming being LGBT-inclusive, while also registering as the most racially diverse. CBS was in last place for the fourth year in a row, with only 8 percent of its programming registering as LGBT-inclusive.

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Showtime and ABC Family tops the cable networks with 46 percent and 34 percent as LGBT-inclusive, respectively. Both TBS (5 percent) and the History Channel (3 percent) receiving a "failing" rating.

"Including an ethnically diverse cast of characters will not only be a more accurate reflection of the LGBT community but will also give programs the opportunity to build authentic and complex storylines," Graddick says.

Read the full GLAAD report here.

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